How do you know that God is calling you to be a Sister? It’s a good question and the answer may become clear through a process of questioning, exploring and taking time to listen at a deep level to God’s voice in your heart. This process is called discernment. Discernment leads to a decision, and for us, that decision takes place on a journey among friends.
The Dominican Sisters of Peace offer a number of opportunities for you to be among friends along your journey. The discernment process gives you the opportunity to meet our Sisters and get a taste of our life of prayer, community, study, and ministry.
Perhaps participating in one of these discernment opportunities will answer some of your questions. At the very least, you will meet other women who are asking similar questions. Being with others who share your dreams can give you a great deal of support. You may realize that you are not so crazy after all when you see that other faith-filled women also feel drawn by God to the vowed life.
“Come and See” Retreats
The disciples asked Jesus, “Where do you live?” He said, “Come and see.” Women interested in religious life ask us, “What is life like as a Dominican Sister of Peace?” Following Jesus’ example we ask, why not join us for a Come and See retreat? Take time for prayer and reflection with other discerners, meet some of the Sisters and get some of your vocation questions answered. Come and See retreats are usually offered in early September and in spring.
*Stay tuned for more informaiton on our next retreat!
Mission Immersion Week: Pray, Serve, Reflect
Looking for a way to place your gifts at the service of others? Wondering if you might be called to a life of service in the Catholic Church? We invite you to spend some time with the Dominican Sisters of Peace in a small community, pray with us, work with us, play and build community. An Immersion Week is a concentrated time to focus on the questions you have about becoming a Dominican and includes time for service and prayer.!
What people said about Immersion Week:
- “Mission Week was an awesome, inspiring experience that gave me a chance to contemplate and realize the Divine Presence in my life and the world around me in new and different ways. It allowed time to think and meditate on my life, where I am, where I might want to be and in what direction I might go.” – Darla
- “Priceless! It was an experience of doing everyday life with an everyday God! What the week really meant to me personally, was more of Jesus’ expression to Simon at the Lake of Gennesaret ‘Cast your net into the deep, and you will find.’ Thanks to the discernment process with the Dominican Sisters of Peace I feel empowered to go into the deep.” – Oliva
Mini Live-In Experience
Women who have begun the discernment process with the Dominican Sisters of Peace are often invited to take some time (a week or two) to actually live with the Sisters to experience the daily rhythm of our lives in community, our prayer and our ministries. Such experiences have proven invaluable to discerners because they offer a view of our life from the inside.
The Peace Dominicans have a House of Discernment in New Haven, CT, where we welcome you to spend days, weeks, or even months with us. Contact Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP, at 570.336.3991 (call or text) for more information.
Comments from those who have tried it:
- “These past two weeks have been a tremendous blessing for me and have been of incomparable importance to my discernment path. Having this opportunity to visit with the Sisters in various areas and to see the ministries that they are involved in has given me a much fuller picture of the richness and variety of Dominican life. Hearing their stories has been inspiring, and living and praying with them over these two weeks has provided a priceless taste of community life. Experiencing all this firsthand has impacted my discernment process more deeply and profoundly than merely hearing about such things ever could have. I am extremely grateful to have had this opportunity and will treasure the precious gift that this experience was for me.” – Katie
- “Fue una gran bendición tener la oportunidad de participar en la convivencias como parte de mi discernimiento con las Hermana Dominicas de la Paz. Como parte de mi discernimiento, he leído sobre los bellos ministerios llevados acabo por las hermanas y he tratado de obtener vasta información principalmente en esta orden. Fui bendecida al poder participar en varios retiros de discernimiento y espirituales, pero en mi experiencia, ni uno ha sido tan informativo y revolucionario como la experiencia de las convivencias. Esta experiencia me otorgo una oportunidad tangible de conocer las misiones y presenciar los ministerios de las Hermanas Dominicas de la Paz, ministerios que cambian las vidas de muchos y dan testimonio del amor de Dios. Cada una de las hermanas que conocí durante esta experiencia es valiente, poderosa y tiene mucho conocimiento. Dios les otorgo muchos talentos y ellas utilizan sus destrezas para hacer un mundo mejor. Al desempeñar su labor, las hermanas levanta el espíritu, dan herramientas para poder sobresalir y siguen el ejemplo de Cristo. Como católica, yo creo que tenemos una responsabilidad a nuestro prójimo. Yo creo que Dios nos ha dado muchos talentos y no se puede tener el amor de Dios sin abras. No me cabe duda que las Hermanas Dominicas de La Paz están plantando semillas de amor y cosechan frutos positivos. Esta experiencia solidifico mi deseo de ser participe de una orden que tiene a Dios como su pilar y predica al seguir el ejemple de Cristo en sus ministerios.” – Ana
English Translation:“I was extremely blessed in the opportunity to participate in a mini live-in experience with the Dominican Sisters of Peace. As a discerner with primary interest in the Dominican Sisters of Peace, I read about the great ministries lead by the sisters and tried to obtain as much information regarding of the Order. I was blessed to participate in various discernment and spiritual retreats, but none were as informative and revolutionary for my discernment as the mini live-in experience. This experience granted me a tangible opportunity to witness the different missions and personally encounter the life changing ministries led by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Each of the Sisters that I met while staying with the sisters impressed me as brave, powerful and knowledgeable. God has granted them so many talents and they use their gifts to make their communities a better place. Through their work, the Sisters empower, lift up the spirit, give testimony of God’s love and follow the example of Christ. As a Catholic, I believe that we are responsible for those around us. I believe that God has granted us talents and will hold us accountable for our actions and the fruits we have gathered with our talents. It is clear to me that the Dominican Sisters of Peace are planting seeds of love and that they harvest positive fruits with their work and gifts. The mini live-in experience solidified my desire to participate in an Order that has God as its foundation and that preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” – Ana
Residency Program for Discerners – New Haven, CT
If you are between the ages of 20 and 45 and a single Catholic woman, you can see if God is calling you by spending time in a residency program that gives you the opportunity to experience community life, communal prayer, and service in the Church. Most of all get to know the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Spend a semester or two with us while you discern and explore this calling. The residence is in close proximity to area colleges and universities in the greater New Haven, CT area. Contact Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP, at 570.336.3991 (call or text).
“What are you going to do with your one wild and precious life?”
(Mary Oliver, poet)